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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 29, 2016
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jul 6th, 2016
Start: Steens Mountain Wilderness Lodge
End: Little Blitzen River
Daily Distance: 14.6
Trip Distance: 396.4

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Entry Visits: 46
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I was surprised at how much snow was left on top of the Steens when I drove up yesterday afternoon. I made a reservation for dinner at the Frenchglen Hotel--meatloaf. Got a flat tire from the road going into the Steens Mountain Wilderness Resort--the AAA guy who responded from Burns said the sharp cut of Harney County gravel is responsible for a lot of flats. Up into the drainage of the Donner and Blitzen--very beautiful. The so-called primitive road from the ODT guidebook that was "increasingly degraded" was really "increasingly non existent". Basically cross country. Gaiters definitely recommended to keep the grass seeds from socks and shoes. I saw two wild horses and an unusual pinkish calochortus I had never seen before with pointed petals. I have some fear about hiking into Wildhorse Canyon--would the snow be a barrier on the steep trail? Shane von Schlemp (ODT 2014) said he recommended using an ice axe and crampons. Hopefully, it is melted off enough by now to get down into the drainage over the steep headwall. The ODT suggests an alternate to the SE below the cell tower if there is too much snow.I was originally going to camp at the South Steens Campground, but the Little Blitzen River was too lush to pass up.

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